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It's never too early to start studying for the LSAT. I'm assuming you're on semesters, because if you're on quarters, the June LSAT is a bad time to take the LSAT. That being said, you might want to start taking a course a few months beforehand and maybe get your brain going right now by doing a few problems a week, just to get a general idea what it's like.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Testmasters Diagnostic 2 - Thoughts? Scores?
« on: August 28, 2005, 02:59:35 AM »
I actually went down a point from 170 to 169. But that's because, like you, I didn't finish the second logic games section. Part that annoys me is that on the "experimental" (which was a real one from 2001) I did perfectly and finished with plenty of time, which would've given me like a 175. Ah well..luck of the draw?

I'm hoping my actual score will be somewhere in between.

Law School Admissions / Re: A Myriad of Questions
« on: August 27, 2005, 07:52:09 AM »
Thank you. Would you be interested in reading it? Should I post a new thread in the PS forum asking for volunteers?

Anyone else want to read?

Law School Admissions / Re: Is LSAC online application service on?
« on: August 27, 2005, 05:25:14 AM »
I have been having the same problem under XP/IE duo of power. I have the settings accept all cookies and block no pop-ups, but it keeps prompting me to install ActiveX...

Law School Admissions / Re: diversity?
« on: August 26, 2005, 07:01:55 PM »
Hey there. I'm from South Central, and I'd love to see what kind of personal statement you wrote about that. I was going to be working that into my personal statement as well. What school do you teach at? My local HS just lost its accreditation, actually.

Law School Admissions / Re: Minor Traffic Violation
« on: August 26, 2005, 06:43:26 AM »
I think a general guide is that unless you had a horrible at-fault accident or were convicted of a misdemeanor, you can safely count it as a "minor traffic violation" akin to speeding. Defective equipment sounds even more like a fix-it than a speeding ticket...

Law School Admissions / Re: A Myriad of Questions
« on: August 26, 2005, 06:17:16 AM »
Thanks for the frank advice. I was planning on using it as my main personal statement, though, figuring maybe it'll help me stand out compared to other non-URMs. I figured it might make for a different perspective, if nothing else, which I hoped law schools might value.

What kind of addendum would I write, and is it worth drawing attention to the two NCs for a .05 boost in GPA?

Law School Admissions / Re: How late is too late ?
« on: August 26, 2005, 05:27:05 AM »
The LSAC will count both the F and the A, even if your undergrad institution doesn't, so that will not be a significant boost to your GPA. Unless your GPA is going to be raised(and you're certain of your performance come Fall) significantly just by adding a few As, which seems unlikely, you should apply as early as possible.

Law School Admissions / Re: How do Minors look?
« on: August 25, 2005, 05:16:44 AM »
While far from being an expert on the issue, I believe that a minor that is not related to your major could show breadth, especially if your major isn't exactly what law schools normally look for. So if you're an accounting major and minored in English, that would probably look good. But if you majored in English, and minored in History, it probably wouldn't be as helpful. I see it more as a crutch, but that could just be me spouting nonsense.

Law School Admissions / A Myriad of Questions
« on: August 25, 2005, 05:12:46 AM »
A lot of background info is necessary, as on paper, I look like a mainstream non URM applicant.

My first question deals with my background and as it applies to a PS/diversity essay. I'm a white male, but I was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, where I remain the only white kid(when I'm at home). Further, I was the only white person in my school until middle school, and then I went to a very mixed middle school with no ethnicity having above 30%. After that, I was again in a small minority(of about 20%) of white students amongst a vast majority of non-traditionally aged students, as it is one of the school's specialties. How can I frame this best in my personal statement? I was going to use amusing anecdotes of my experiences, especially in elementary school, being the only white kid. Should I use this only as a diversity question? Is either likely to backfire? Will this help at all, when most personal statements are mostly the same?

Second, I started full-time college enrollment before finishing ninth grade through a special program. I was planning on using that fact, but I wasn't sure exactly how. Also, earning good grades in college was harder at the age of 15 than it was now, which hurts my cumulative GPA. Also, this adds to the diversity issue, because I've almost always been younger than everyone else. Any suggestions on how to discuss this and how it might affect admissions?

On a completely unrelated question, I signed up for Intramural sports a couple times. Well, it required you do something every week or you'd supposedly get dropped. Well, a couple times out of the 10 times I took it, I was sick and missed it and it was supposedly dropped, but it showed up as a No Credit, which I believe will lower my LSAC calculated GPA, even though they of course promised us that it didn't matter. At that point, I would've rather been penalized on a percentage basis. Is there anything I can do about it? It's a darn PE Class, and it was, in spirit more like No Credit Attempted, even though my school only has No Credit, which I believe the LSAC counts as No Credit Earned from my school. A letter to LSAC? Anything?

Now for the boring stuff. With or without all the darn I listed above, what are my chances at the tops? Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley are the main ones I'd be interested in(along with every other law applicant). I've got a 3.7(3.75 without those two units of NC), and I've been earning around 173 on the LSAT.

Thanks so much for any advice you can give.

Oh, and I'm a Philosophy major, with strong Latin and Classics background, if that helps.

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